Dhammapada

Balavagga ⧸ The Fool

  1. Dīghā jāgarato ratti dīghaṃ santassa yojanaLong for the wakeful is the night.
  2. Carañce nādhigaccheyya seyyaṃ sadisamattanIf, in your course, you dont meet
  3. Puttā matthi dhanammatthi iti bālo vihaññatI have sons, I have wealth —
  4. Yo bālo maññati bālyaṃ paṇaḍito vā pi tena sA fool with a sense of his foolishness
  5. Yāvajīvampi ce bālo vaṇḍitaṃ payirupāsatEven if for a lifetime
  6. Muhuttampi ce viñgñu paṇḍitaṃ payirupāsatEven if for a moment,
  7. Caranti bālā dummedhā amitteneva attanFools, their wisdom weak,
  8. Na taṃ kammaṃ kataṃ sādhu yaṃ katvā nānutappatIts not good,
  9. Tañca kammaṃ kataṃ sādhu yaṃ katvā nānutappatIts good,
  10. Madhuvā maññati bālo yāva pāpaṃ na paccatAs long as evil has yet to ripen,
  11. Māse māse kusaggena bālo bhuñjetha bhojanaMonth after month
  12. Na hi pāpaṃ kataṃ kamma sajju khīraṃ va muccatAn evil deed, when done,
  13. Yāvadeva anatthāya ñattaṃ bālassa jāyatOnly for his ruin
  14. Asataṃ bhāvanamiccheyya purekkhārañca bhikkhusHe would want unwarranted status,
  15. Mameva kataṃ maññantū gihī pabbajitā ubhLet householders & those gone forth
  16. Aññā hi lābhūpanisā aññā nibbānagāminThe path to material gain

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